Exercise For The Faint-Hearted
Exercise for the faint-hearted – Confession time!
Like a lot of the guests I see at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic I am not a fan of the gym. When someone suggests I exercise, my response tends to be a groan and an eye roll. However, I’ve found that keeping fit can be done in Eastbourne in many ways and some of them are even enjoyable!
My first experience of fun, organised exercise was salsa dancing near Eastbourne seafront. As a beginner, I spent more time trying not to step on my partner’s feet than anything else but it really adds to your step count. I wear a pedometer and on a ‘dancing day’ can easily do 12,000 steps. Perhaps you prefer line-dancing? Or tango? They would also be a superb way of getting fit without even realising it, as well as learning body control and balance.
Swimming is also a great way of exercising in a non-arduous way. It allows core strength to build without putting weight on the joints so is brilliant for people who prefer more gentle exercise or who don’t think they are ‘gym people’. Try it and see if you like it. If you do then Eastbourne has several pools for you including the Sovereign Centre and Motcombe Pool.
I know that working my core muscles makes them stronger, that swimming strengthens my shoulders and makes them less likely to get injured in the course of my work and that better flexibility and endurance are good things for my body. However, it is the feeling of alertness I get after a fast swim that is well worth it. I know it is that feeling which keeps me going to the pool.
So my advice is to try a few sports and exercise classes and see which ones make you look forward to doing them again, as making yourself do things is rarely sustainable unless you have incredible willpower. And even if you do have that willpower, why do exercise you don’t enjoy when there are so many fun and exciting ways of getting fitter?!
Are there any sports or classes you enjoy locally?
Exercise for the faint-hearted… it doesn’t get more fun than running a pancake race in Eastbourne!
For more exercise and health tips, read our other posts – we have plenty to keep you going.
Thanks for reading!
The end of January is nearly upon us….
As we come to the end of January, what does it mean for those goals you set and those plans you made?
So the end of January is nearly upon us and I’m interested in hearing about how everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions have come into place. What have you stuck to and what have you achieved? Perhaps most importantly, will you be continuing those good habits through into February?
Within this blog I just wanted to offer a different perspective on those New Year’s Resolutions. Looking at what you would like to do more of in 2013, rather than what you would like to do less of (giving up). We still have a little time to add in a couple more resolutions, so why don’t you think about it.
Making a January resolution you’ll be able to keep up
A resolution is something that you decide or intend to do. New Year’s Resolutions are very popular because a New Year is the perfect time to make a change. It is a time for a fresh start and great for creating a “new you.”
You need to choose a resolution that really means something to you and that you are dedicated to completing. Too many people fail to follow through with their resolutions. Most of the time, this is because you make general resolutions instead of setting specific goals that are more likely to be achieved.
For example, set yourself time aside to go out and socialise with people/friends/family if you have missed out a little lately. Maybe you plan to dance more. To book more holidays….etc etc. Head out of the norm, think from a different angle. (Our board in Reception that I have put up touches of this a little, so if you haven’t seen it already pop and have a look.)
Coming into the New Year, I suggest you don’t always think about cutting down or giving up on your favourite foods (don’t get me wrong, I believe in these resolutions) but more than often you can think to yourself, deep down, I don’t really want to do this and then soon enough it ends. Be happy with your decisions whatever they may be and DO MORE OF SOMETHING!
A poem for you all to read and to finish up!
Tapped at my door today.
And said, “Put on your winter wraps,
And come outdoors to play.”
Is always full of fun;
Until the set of sun.
Will stay a month with me
And we will have such jolly times –
Just come along and see.”
– Winifred C. Marshall, January
If you are looking to make improvements in your life, you should consider consulting with a chiropractor. Chiropractic is about much more than just tackling lower back pain (although it is a great treatment for this issue), it is about getting to the root of issues to find solutions. From musculoskeletal health to stress and the immune system, the benefits of chiropractic can be wide ranging.
If you are looking for a chiropractor in Eastbourne, visit the award-winning team at Lushington Chiropractic.
A New Year To Welcome Mistakes
I came across this saying below which I find inspiring:
If you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing. Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
This was written by Neil Gaiman
I used to worry about mistakes all the time. But mistakes can be positive and, as this passage suggests, at least you are doing something and striving towards something – whether you get it right the first time or not.
This brings me onto a book I was told about a few years ago ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’, which was authored by Susan Jeffers. This is a great book that certainly helped to change the way I thought about things and helped me to get on and do it. Susan Jeffers was an interesting lady and it’s well worth taking the time to read more about her and her books if you get chance.
It can be easy to talk about setting goals and taking on challenges, but it is certainly much harder to actually put those into action. So, to help you along the way I thought I would share a few of my achievements of last year. Some are bigger than others but they are all part of ensuring that life is fun and varied:
- Celebrated a year with Lushington. Great achievement for me by way of leaving a job of 17 years to find something new that inspired me. I now have a wonderful job that I am incredibly passionate about and I get the opportunity to work with amazing people every day.
- Designing and decorating cakes. This is something I love to do in my spare time and I enjoy always pushing forward to see what I can achieve with my creativity.
- Motorway driving. I know this is easy for some but when you are not used to driving on motorways they can seem quite scary. I decided to drive the return journey home from Dorset to Eastbourne and found it OK, apart from my husband telling me I didn’t have to overtake everything!
- Singing. I never thought I would see my name as one of the vocals on a CD. At Lushington Chiropractic Clinic, Dr James Revell (Doctor of Chiropractic, not medical) gave us a wonderful opportunity to write and record a clinic song (link to come shortly). It’s safe to say that we all had great fun with the singing lessons and recording at CMP studios.
I certainly feel that I have moved forwards in the last 12 months and I intend to set myself new challenges over the next 12 months. It doesn’t really matter what your timeframe – be it a month or five years – the important thing is that you don’t simply stand still and stop being open to making new mistakes.
If you plan on trying new things over the coming months or wish to share some of the achievements you have experienced in the previous year, please do share your thoughts in the comments section below. And remember that you can also join the conversation on Facebook.
Clinic Assistant Claire
New Year New Goals With Lushington Chiropractic
Here’s to the New Year and New Year goals.
We can coast through another New Year or we can step out of our comfort zone, try things we’ve never done before and make the next 12 months the period that elevates us from where we are to where we want to be.
We are all familiar with the idea of turning over a new leaf in January and setting targets for the year ahead. While there is often criticism of “resolutions”, there is actually nothing wrong with outlining your aims and dreams at the start of the year – as long as you take those targets seriously and plot a course to get there.
I myself will be setting goals that I think are achievable and I’m keen to help patients at the chiropractic clinic do the same. If any member of the Lushington team can assist our guests in starting down the path towards success then we believe it is part of our duty of care to do so.
So, what could you look to achieve this year?
Little things and big things?
- Improve wellbeing: lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less, quit smoking, stop biting nails
- Improve finances: get out of debt, save money, invest wisely
- Improve career: get a better job, work towards promotion, grow business turnover and profitability
- Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new
- Improve self: become more organised, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time
- Take a trip
Take a piece of paper, and write it all down.
I know I will get a lot of support at Lushington Chiropractic to achieve many of my New Year goals. And thankfully, so can you. Even if your goals aren’t purely based around your health, we can help you work towards those targets by helping you to avoid any distracting pain and discomfort, reduce stress and feel more energetic.
Lushington Chiropractic is a multi-award winning clinic on Lushington Road, Eastbourne. We provide a range of treatments from expert chiropractic care to nutritional therapy, podiatry, acupuncture counselling and more. The team shares a passion for improving your quality of life and we genuinely care about supporting you to make changes and improvements in your life.
With more than 80 years’ experience, our team know a thing or two about healthcare. If you are yet to visit our clinic, here’s what you can expect when you visit us for the first time:
- Female and male chiropractors
- Female and male sports massage therapists
- Counselling – Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder & Person Centered / Transactional Analysis
- Western Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)
- Chinese Traditional Acupuncture
- Podiatry and Chiropody
- Nutritional Therapy
If you are setting goals for yourself, whatever the time of year, we’d love to know about it. Why not share your thoughts in the comments section below. Alternatively, you can get in touch on our Facebook page and join the conversation there. And remember: it isn’t the days that you fail to meet your goals that matters; it’s taking those days as an excuse to quit that stops most people from turning their dream into a reality.
Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions
A New Year is a new opportunity to discover the benefits of chiropractic
I was trying to find some inspiration for my next blog article when I stumbled upon a very lovely anti-smoking video, which I shared on our Facebook page, and it got me to thinking about New Year’s resolutions. (For those of you who haven’t seen it, visit our facebook page and take a look.)
Why do we make New Year’s resolutions? Well, of course, it is the idea of new beginnings, starting afresh, doing something we have always wanted to do or just feel that we ought. December and Christmas are often times when we succumb to overindulging, stress, financial strain or illness. With such upheaval in our daily routines, it’s no surprise that resolutions are so popular in January, as people seek to bring order and structure to their lives.
I wonder how many of us make them? Perhaps more importantly how many of us succeed? Undoubtedly, if we think hard enough we all have something we would like to improve in our lives.
Here are some of the more common ones: (Any of them ring a bell with you?)
- Spend more time with friends and family
- Get fitter
- Quit smoking
- Lose weight
- Enjoy life more/be less stressed
- Cut back on alcohol
- Learn something new
- Get organised
- Do some charity work/help others
- Save money for….
- Get more sleep
So off we go, ready to take advantage of the New Year, our renewed enthusiasm and commitment to do whatever it is we want to achieve. It’s fantastic!!
But ask the same people six weeks later how many of them are still on track or have achieved what they set out to do and that sense of enthusiasm has, more often than not, dried up. That’s not to say that resolutions shouldn’t be made or cannot work, merely that it takes a focused mind and a genuine commitment to make them stick.
Here are a few tips for staying on track with your New Year’s resolutions that can help keep us on track. Common sense maybe; but definitely worth a thought.
Number one has to be, “Decide on what it is you want to achieve.” It is obvious really BUT be truthful. Do you really want it? DO YOU REALLY WANT IT? Yes? How much??
That’s important because if you don’t want it, you won’t achieve it. In fact, you’ll feel bad about yourself and would have been better not starting in the first place, or rather picking something else.
Before jumping into a resolution, take the time to think things through. Then set realistic targets and ensure that you are doing it for the right reasons. Are you doing it for yourself? Your family? Why will things be better for you once you reach your goal. Once you have figured this out, write it down so that you have it clear in your mind. Maybe even visualise what it will be like when you get there. Have these thoughts close to stop you being pushed off path. Enrol a friend, family member or colleague to help, nominate them as your Mr (or Mrs) Motivator!!
So you know what you want and you know why. Now be specific.
Be realistic and start with small achievable steps as you get things going. You may wish to write down daily or weekly targets for yourself to make that larger goal more achievable. Apparently putting it in ink gives a head start to reaching any goal, so what have you got to lose?
Here’s an example of how you can make it possible to achieve a weight-loss goal:
January – Find a support group to go to or a friend to share target
February – Walk for thirty minutes a day whilst deciding what other sort of exercise you enjoy, and so on.
Remember: things do not happen overnight and you don’t have to go for the jackpot all at once. Take small steps and make sure you achieve those manageable goals before moving on to the next target. And don’t forget to congratulate yourself when you do well.
Finally, have a plan to predict and beat those obstacles that might get in the way. It’s often not the setbacks that are the problem; it’s using a setback as an excuse to give up that causes people to fail. If you are setting yourself a new diet plan, for example, cheat days are fine as long as you back them up with another week of careful eating.
So then, New Year’s Resolutions anyone? What is it you want? Time to get a bit healthier??
Enjoy the picture and enjoy planning a better you!
“If you do what you always do, you’ll get what you always got.”
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